aider

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

aid +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

aider (plural aiders)

  1. A person who aids or assists.
    • 1548, Edward Hall, Hall’s Chronicle, London: Richard Grafton, “The trobleous season of Kyng Henry the sixt, The .xv. yere,”[1]
      The capitaines of the toune seyng theire pillers borken, and their chief ayders discomfited, rendered the toune to the duke of Somerset,
    • 1589, George Puttenham, The Arte of English Poesie, London: Richard Field, Book 3, Chapter 15, p. 254,[2]
      [] arte is neither an aider nor a surmounter, but onely a bare immitatour of natures works, following and counterfeyting her actions and effects []
    • 1839, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, London: Chapman and Hall, Chapter 8, p. 73,[3]
      [] being there as an assistant, he actually seemed [] to be the aider and abettor of a system which filled him with honest disgust and indignation,
    • 1898, Paul Laurence Dunbar, The Uncalled, New York: Dodd, Mead, Chapter 3, p. 23,[4]
      The woman in question had, as she said, been a close friend of Margaret’s, and, as such, an aider in her habits of intemperance.
  2. (climbing) A mountaineer's stirrup or étrier.
    As I was switching my feet in my aiders, the hook popped.

Usage notes[edit]

Often used in the phrase aider and abettor; see also aid and abet.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French ayder, from Old French aidier, from Latin adiutāre, present active infinitive of adiūtō (help, assist). Cognate with Spanish ayudar, Romanian ajuta, Italian aiutare, Portuguese and Catalan ajudar.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛ.de/, /e.de/
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Verb[edit]

aider

  1. to help; to aid

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Descendants[edit]

  • Saint Dominican Creole French: hinder

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Descendants[edit]

  • English: mayday (from me + aider = m'aider, ultimately from the expression Venez m'aider! "Come help me!")

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